Tired of hearing: “I am bored and have nothing to do!”? Here is another one: “I don’t want to keep doing the same things over and over!” It is only 12 pm and the children are done with their school work or just simply need a break from online learning. Welcome to working from home while homeschooling your children. Adapting to this new way of life can be difficult, but there are ways to make the best of it.
First and foremost give yourself some time to enjoy being together as a family; it is great for your mental and physical well-being. Focusing while everyone is home is tough, so be sure to take breaks.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has rocked our world, it has made it difficult to keep our children engaged and having fun. Each day try something new with the family, or perhaps allow them to do some of these things on their own.
In our household we finish our school and work assignments and then pick an activity to do together in the evening. Sometimes, if there is an interactive webinar running during our designated work hours we deviate from our normal routine.
Here are 10 great things to help cure the boredom:
Participate in a free interactive webinar for youth and get involved in community projects at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/4h-from-home/
Play board or card games as a family - our family favorites are UNO, Trouble (the Frozen edition), Monopoly and Connect 4 (we do tournaments when playing this game).
Physical activity- you can download this free app-https://innovativemedia.nmsu.edu/eatmove/
Mindfulness practices: https://4-h.org/about/blog/inspire-kids-to-do-kids-guide-to-mindfulness/
Prepare a healthy snack or a family meal:
If you play an instrument or sing, consider singing on the porch to bring joy to your neighbors. Be sure as neighbors stop to listen to keep a safe distance
Watch a movie as a family
Master a new skill, like learning to hula hoop or jumping rope
Go outside and play catch or kickball
Try something new on the days you can; possibly create a jar full of ideas and pick a new one each day. Do what is best for your family’s health and situation.
Miss Harmon Snow '97 develops and teaches specialty programming for 4-H which includes: Cooking, Cooperative Games, Empowerment for Girls, Entrepreneurship, Film-making, Financial Literacy, Hip Hop Dance, Mindfulness, Robotics, STEM, Travel, and Yoga for kids to school-age youth. Miss has hosted interactive and educational webinars for youth as well. Additionally, for 2 years she was an adjunct professor and taught a sophomore level hybrid undergraduate course in leadership at Rutgers University.
Miss has a MBA from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She also holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies and a minor in Dance from Rider University. Following graduation from Rider, Miss took a position as a Credit Manager at Wells Fargo in Philadelphia Pa. which prepared her for a position as a Mortgage Loan Officer with Royal Mortgage of Princeton. After her career as a loan officer, she returned to school to pursue a second BS in Nutrition. Before completing the second bachelors Miss began to work for Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Mercer County as a Nutrition Educator. While employed with RCE she completed an AFA with a concentration in Dance at Mercer County Community College. Miss later moved on to a different department within RCE as an Urban 4-H Program Associate. Throughout her career Miss has won several awards as an educator, but the accomplishment of which she is most proud is raising her two daughters Micah, age 10, and Jamila, age 5.